Just outside the centre of Aalsmeer a street runs outbound the town and has two canals running beside it. Bridges connect to various monumental farmhouses and one of them invites you for a closer look. these are the historical gardens of Aalsmeer and here you get to know the amazing past about how the production of flowers and especially plants became so super in and around this place. There are examples of outside growing as well as several greenhouses that show the year'round production under glass. Horticulture in the top class of the world.
Surrounding Aalsmeer, but also in various other places throughout The Netherlands, there are glass cities. Nowhere on earth you will find such a very dense greenhouse surface and the annual production isn't only the top of the world, but leaves all others far far behind. But Aalsmeer also can count on the enormous production of flowers in the open fields nearby (between Leiden and Haarlem). If you are intrested you might take an attempt to visit a grower, but ... not all are welcoming strangers as for preventing contamination and quality insurance is very strict. In Aalsmeer however we have the historical gardens (see next tip)
If you visit Aalsmeer you can't miss The Flower Market. Inside the premises you'll see the vast hangers with crates of flowers to be auctioned and the famous Auction clocks.
60,000 transactions done each day with 4 auction rooms kept busy - luckily they are able to be watched through clear glass windows